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There’s a lot of help on the 4th of July

We want to thank everyone for another great Fourth of July holiday.

Many different groups worked so hard to make this the busiest week/weekend in Pagosa. Thanks to the Rotary Club for the parade arrangements; the Red Ryder/Western Heritage Event Center for organizing the rodeo; the Knights of Columbus for working the picnic at the high school; our live entertainment, Bixby and Groove Kitchen, and Joel Aaberg working sound for keeping the crowds rockin’; and the Mounted Rangers for being in several places at once throughout the weekend.

Many thanks to the town of Pagosa Springs and all the various entities and individuals such as Jim Miller, Chris Gallegos, Dennis Ford and Tom Carosello for traffic control, park and area maintenance, the fireworks, and making things happen. Without your support our community would not have the influx of tourism during this time period.

I would also like to thank the Chamber staff, which deals with innumerable calls for weeks requesting the normal and less-than-normal questions, helps to find accommodations and dining for people, and works long intense hours. Our own Stacy Kirby used her creative talents to design and build our float and we give her an extra thank you. Kimberley Siler-Bradshaw successfully organized the 33rd Arts and Crafts festival, sporting an increase in vendor participation, and gathered way too much trash throughout Town Park — and she always does this cheerfully. Patricia Shoffner holds down the fort while the rest of us are running around the community. Our volunteers worked the holiday and that is never easy, especially when you have family and friends in town and would rather be with them. The SUN always gives the Chamber and this weekend extra coverage and we appreciate these extras especially with the schedule of events in The PREVIEW. The theme of this year’s parade, “Celebrating Community,” certainly held great meaning for us. It definitely takes a community to put on all the events that happen in our town and we continue to have one of the best holiday weekends in southwest Colorado! Thanks to all, especially those I failed to mention.

Renaissance and Pirate Festival

The Chamber of Commerce hosts the 3rd annual Renaissance and Pirate Festival in Town Park from July 15-17. Due to the popularity of last year’s event, the festival has been expanded to three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Every day there will be different activities and entertainment to keep the children and adults engaged and coming back. The event will again feature the guilds and all their antics, as well as the popular vendors who provide craft items and food.

Town Park is transformed into a colorful medieval village, complete with encampments, craft and food vendors, a tavern area, live enactments and theater, and a large area for activities. Everyone will be entertained by this year’s addition, The Salida Circus. You can learn to spin plates, walk on stilts, juggle and perform other challenging entertainment skills . Step back in time as the guilds engage you in demonstrations of magic and juggling, and provide good natured abuse as you walk by.

The Renaissance Festival is an important festival in our community as it focuses on our children and engages them in creative activities. We appreciate the support of all the sponsors who donated to improve the children’s activities area. The activity center will allow kids to work with crafts, hunt for the King’s Treasure and perform fun physical activities. There will be vendors teaching the crowds how to make swords, shields and other handmade craft items. Our live performances will include belly dancing, music and theater. Adults can also partake of true caste beer by Pagosa Brewing and juice of the grape! There is certainly something for everyone.

Tickets are reasonably priced, as admission is only $2 for adults and $1 for children.

For more information on the Renaissance Festival and sponsorship opportunities, contact Stacy Kirby, special events coordinator at 264-2360.

Women’s small business conference

On Thursday, July 14, the Small Business Development Center will host the Women’s Small Business Conference in Durango. This event is geared towards women and their efforts to start or expand their businesses as well as network with other female business owners. Topics including marketing, finance, website and social media; starting a business and cash flow planning workshops will also be held. There will be a networking session after the conference as well as some one-on-one counseling. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the networking session from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. The cost for the seminar is $40 and includes breakfast and lunch. If you are interested in having a vendor booth for the services you provide, you can obtain one for $80, which includes admission for two to the conference.

For more information about the conference, call the SBDC at 247-7009 or go online to book your reservation at www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=219980.

Do the Du

The annual Pagosa Duathlon, hosted by the Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program, will be held on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 8 a.m.

There will be a three-mile trail run and seven-mile mountain bike ride, as well as a six-mile run and 12-mile mountain bike ride for the more enthusiastic athlete. For the kids there will be a mini du comprised of a half-mile run and a one mile mountain bike ride. The race will take place in the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa Area. To register for the event, go to the ACVAP website at www.acvap.org or call 264-9075 for more information. You can duo up with a teammate or solo du. However you du — do have fun!

Parelli open house

After a little setback due to an equine virus scare, the Parelli International Center is up and running with a full season of students and classes. The Parelli Center has announced a new open house date of Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is an opportunity for the community to come out and see what the organization and center is about. Visitors will have the opportunity to see Pat Parelli and students work the Parelli “Games” as well as work with their horses. There will also be food vendors on site. Come out and see what all the “natural” buzz is about and what makes this form of horse interaction so popular.

For more information, call Maree at the Parelli offices at 731-6174.

Thursday night rodeos

Don’t miss all the fun at the Thursday night rodeo series. The series will be held through the month of July. The exciting rodeo competitions feature bronc and bull riding, chute doggin’, breakaway and team roping, barrel racing and even some kids events — and all will keep the folks in the crowd at the edge of their seats. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The rodeos will be held at the Western Heritage Event Center and they begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Bucking H Rodeo at (505) 860-7191.

Membership

We have just a plethora of renewals this week due to the return of Kimberley in our office following her honeymoon, as well as better understanding of our new data base system. As a reminder — please go online, look at your listing and make sure you are located under the listing where you want your business to be. Also check that your description contains the correct information.

Renewing this week are Pagosa Power Sports; Sears; Wild Spirit Gallery; Touchstone Gift Shop; L Bar Z Ranch Cabins and Cool Pines RV Park; Moore Chiropractic Wellness Center; Paws, Feathers, Fins and Friends; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Barnwood Crafts; the Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern; and Lake Capote Recreation Area.

We thank our visitors for choosing to come to Pagosa Springs to spend their vacation time here. Many people from northern New Mexico have been relocated due to the fires in the Los Alamos area. Our hearts are with you; we welcome you with open arms and wish you were here for another reason. Enjoy your stay in our community and thank you Pagosa for “Celebrating Community!”

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